Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Stockton Needs You!

On 26th October we attended ‘Stockton Needs You!’, a First World War public awareness event that can only be described as a success for the town’s library hosting it.  

Our display at the Stockton library event

We took along some of the photographs from the 18th Battalion collection, as well as being on hand to answer queries from the public.  We were there along with representatives of Teesside Archives, Tees Archaeology and other groups and museums.  In the reference library there were also volunteers on hand to help people with their family history.

Elsewhere there were foods to try from both British and German front lines, and a reminiscence box which included scents of leather, Germolene, and roses among others (the apple one was lovely).
Knitted poppy made by Ingleby Barwick Knitting Group
Crafts were on display by both the Teesside WI and the Ingleby Barwick Knitting Group, the latter of which had knitted poppies for The British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The library also launched their new membership card featuring Stockton’s Victoria Cross winner, Sergeant Edward Cooper, of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who received the medal for actions he took on 16 August 1917.

The day was rounded off with singing led by Mike McGrother; male voice choir Infant Hercules; and the Stockton Town Choir.

Mike McGrother, Infant Hercules, Stockton Town Choir

Our next event is one of our own on Saturday 9th November, a drop in day held in the Durham Room at County Hall, between 10am and 2pm.  We will be showcasing some of the Colonel HHS Morant records; updating visitors on the progress of the project; and inviting people to help us match up some more faces in the 18th Battalion photographs.

Further information will follow.

No comments:

Post a Comment